Total Nerd Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now  

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Few TV genres are as tricky to get right as the science-fiction series. However, this also allows for there to be an unlimited number of sci-fi shows with different tones, scopes, and stories depending on the platform they're coming from - be it a big-budget network smash hit, or a smaller and more intimate cable series. There are some excellent current sci-fi shows on television - but which do you think are the best?

It's time to pick the best sci-fi shows on television right now - those you think everyone should be watching. These are sci fi TV shows or sci fi series that voters have agreed are the best of the genre - at least for the current crop (we all know Battlestar Galactica would outrank them all!). However, new 2017 sci-fi shows like Timeless and Legion might quickly climb up the list. 

Check out this list of the best sci-fi shows on television right now and vote up the good current science fiction shows you think deserve the top spots. Whether you prefer an epic story of sister clones fighting to survive, or an anthology series for the ages, if it's a great sci-fi airing now in 2016-2017, you'll find it below.

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Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins,[12] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his ...more

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Westworld Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr.

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith Doctor Who is a 2005 TV series.

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Rick and Morty Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer Rick and Morty is an American adult animated television series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of alcoholic scientist Rick and his ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that premiered on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series is based on a book of the same name, the first ...more

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Legion Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, Legion is the story of David Haller. who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Expanse Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
liplip added Dark Matter Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke

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Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Humans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Humans Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson, Lucy Carless

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NickKing added Travelers Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

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Star Trek: Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
12 Monkeys Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean

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Colony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Colony Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Gonzalo Menendez, Ally Walker

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
liplip added Killjoys Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane

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Stitchers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Stitchers Emma Ishta, Allison Scagliotti, Damon Dayoub

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Luke Albright added The Orville Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Between is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Between Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen, Justin Kelly

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more

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Salvation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Beckstle added Salvation Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Santiago Cabrera Salvation (CBS, 2017) is an American suspense drama television series created by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. An MIT grad student and a tech superstar bring a low-level Pentagon official a ...more

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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Luke Albright added Future Man Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson Future Man (Hulu, 2017) is an American comedy television series directed by Brandon Trost, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day and a gamer by night, ...more

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3% is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added 3% 3% (Netflix, 2016) is a Brazilian dystopian thriller series created by Pedro Aguilera. The show is set in a future wherein people are given a chance to go to the "better side" of a ...more

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Fortitude is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
vbryan added Fortitude Fortitude is a British psychological thriller television series created and written by Low Winter Sun's Simon Donald. A 12-episode series was commissioned by Sky Atlantic in 2013, and started ...more

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Glitch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added Glitch Tessa Marie Archer, Thomas Brophy, Curtis Eastwood